Types of Insects in the Amazon Rainforest

The mere mention of Amazon rainforest, keeps us imagining those dense jungles, where numerous animals and insects roam around. It's indeed true that numerous types of insects are found in the Amazon rainforest. We have sorted out some of the widely seen insects from those million species of Amazon forests in this article. Take a look.
The dense forests with closely grown trees having huge trunks and branches, are spread widely throughout. It's difficult to tread through the jungle, which is the habitat of numerous insects, animals, birds and reptiles. The crooning of crickets and growling of tigers make this place utterly fearsome and the eeriness gets more intensified as the dense tress almost prevent sunrays from touching the ground. This is the actual picture of the Amazon rainforest.

The Amazon jungle of South America constitutes most parts of the Amazon Basin. It has a rich biodiversity and the biome is made up of million types of insect species. The data provided by a survey, states that to date, at least 2.5 million insect species, 40,000 plant species, 3,000 fish, 1,294 birds, 427 mammals, 428 amphibians and 378 reptiles have been scientifically classified in the region. Thus, you can well assume how rich and diverse its biome is. In this article we have restricted ourselves to the most common types of insects found in the Amazon rainforest.

Amazon Rainforest Insects

Ever wondered why the population of insects is so large in the Amazon rainforest? Insects usually prefer surviving in wet lands and in damp climate. This is exactly the characteristic of the weather prevailing in the jungles. The trees form their dwelling zones and they are perfect places for their breeding. Butterflies and moths enjoy the rains while wasps and termites find the wet and humid climate absolutely conducive for scurrying the woods and building huge heaps. Sunlight barely penetrates in the jungle, making it more a shelter for ants, cockroaches, grasshoppers and beetles. Apart from the temperature and climate, other factors responsible for the huge population of insects are, the trees that bear fruits and leaves throughout every season, form their source of food. It's for the same reason, that the density of animals, reptiles and birds is also so high.

It's indeed difficult to list out all the species of insects found in the Amazon rainforest. Families of butterflies, termites, moths, ants, wasps and bees dominate the region, breeding and reproducing in specific seasons. Colorful butterflies and moths fly all around, while the ground is ruled by army of ants. Bees with sharp stings are found all over the forests while wasps and termites dwell on old wooden trunks and the broad leaves of trees. Grasshoppers and caterpillars are seen in all seasons. Large number of poisonous beetles and spiders also comprise the insect kingdom of Amazon rainforest. Here we provide you the list of the most common insects of the Amazon rainforest in the following list.

• Rhino beetle
• Leaf-cutter ant
• Metallic gold riondinidae
• Paper wasps
• Orange-striped paracaidas
• Black butterfly
• Deep red millipede
• Copper grasshopper
• Green mantid
• Black beetle
• Brachydiplax dragonfly
• Giant tiger centipede
• Leaf bugs
• Pill millipede ball
• Comet moth
• Long horned grasshoppers
• Giraffe necked weevil
• Iguaze butterfly
• Praying mantis
• Dung beetle
• Brown cicada
• Huntsman spiders
• Brown cicada
• Heliconius sara butterfly
• Honey bee
• Red spider
• Ceiba borer beetle
• Stick insects
• Owl butterfly
• Fire ants
• Black-winged heliconius
• Stag beetles
• Army ants
• Orange-striped paracaidas
• Fire beast caterpillar
• Tropical termite
• Crooked jaw termite
• Bumble bees
• Hornet
• Scoliidae wasps
• Common wasps
• Shield bug
• Giant tiger centipede
• Paper wasps
• Comet moths


The list although not absolutely comprehensive has given you an insight to the most common species of insects. If you are curious enough to know how they appear, then you can simply take help from the Internet. Also study the geography and the attributes of this jungle to enrich your knowledge.